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The Bob Cesca Show: Biggus Dickus

Little Green Footballs - 4 hours 47 min ago

http://bobcesca.com/podcast/052517/BCS_052517.mp3?_=1

Today's program from our podcasting affiliate, The Bob Cesca Show:

Biggus Dickus: It's Thuggish Thursday with the great Jacki Schechner; GOP candidate assaults Guardian reporter; Rick Wilson's outstanding tweetstorm; Trump embarrasses the United States with profoundly stupid NATO speech; The brand new CBO report on Trumpcare; McConnell's worried about the votes for Trumpcare; Bob's theory on kompromat; England refusing to share intelligence on Manchester attack with America; and more.

Categories: Politics

Trump: I'll Put a Stop to Germany Selling Cars in the US

Kevin Drum - 4 hours 55 min ago

This from Der Spiegel:

US President Donald Trump complained bitterly about the German trade surplus on his meeting with the EU top in Brussels. "The Germans are evil, very evil," said Trump. This was learned by the SPIEGEL from participants in the meeting. Trump said, "Look at the millions of cars they sell in the US, and we'll stop that."

....According to a report from the "Süddeutsche Zeitung", the EU side was terrified about the lack of awareness of the Americans about trade policy. Apparently, it was unclear to the guests that the EU countries concluded trade agreements only jointly.

Two comments. First of all, this is a remarkably lifelike translation from Google Translate. There were a few hiccups elsewhere, and I doubt that Trump called the Germans "evil." I'm guessing he called them "nasty," which Spiegel translated to "böse," which Google then translated back to "evil." Nevertheless, I could read the entire article and figure out what everything meant without any trouble.

Second, forgodssake, when are the Trumpies going to learn that they can't do a trade deal with only Germany? It's the whole EU or nothing. Last month we heard reports that Angela Merkel had to tell Trump a dozen times before he finally got it, but it sounds like he's already forgotten.

Categories: Politics

It's Easy To Imagine The Pope's Gift Backfiring

Crooks and Liars - 4 hours 57 min ago
It's Easy To Imagine The Pope's Gift Backfiring

You probably know about this:

Pope Francis joined an international chorus urging Donald Trump to meet U.S. commitments on climate change in talks at the Vatican Wednesday.

Francis gave the U.S. president a copy of his 2015 encyclical calling for urgent, drastic cuts in fossil-fuel emissions after a half-hour meeting in his private study.

Francis’s choice of gift suggests he is adding his voice to those pressing Trump not to renege on the Paris accord, which is the cornerstone of global efforts to limit climate change.....

“Thank you, thank you,” Trump told Francis as they shook hands after the meeting. “I won’t forget what you said.”

Charlie Pierce called this "some expert trolling" on the pope's part. Dave Weigel called it "trolling of biblical proportions."

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Categories: Politics

Florida Man Admits GOP-Russia Collusion

Balloon Juice - 5 hours 1 min ago

Via TPM:

A Republican political operative in Florida asked the alleged Russian hacker who broke into Democratic Party organizations’ servers at the height of the 2016 campaign to pass him stolen documents, according to a report Thursday by the Wall Street Journal.

In return, that operative received valuable Democratic voter-turnout analyses, which the newspaper found at least one GOP campaign used to its advantage. The hacker went on to flag that same data to Roger Stone, a longtime confidant of Donald Trump’s who briefly advised his presidential campaign, and who is currently under federal investigation for potential collusion with Russia.

The Wall Street Journal’s report presents the clearest allegations to date of collusion between people connected to Donald Trump’s campaign and Russia.

The Florida man in question is GOP consultant Aaron Nevins. A campaign consultant for U.S. Rep. Brian Mast (R-FL) admitted to using the stolen information to his candidate’s advantage. Funny that the tip of the iceberg would emerge in Florida of all places.

PS: I hope this story puts some focus back on the fact that other elections were tampered with — not just the presidential race. They’re going to keep doing it if we don’t stop them.

PPS: The funniest part of the story is that Roger Stone admits he received the stolen info but says he didn’t share it with anyone. As if the original ratfucker would leave a rat unfucked! It is to laugh…

Categories: Politics

Firefox Marketing Head Expresses Concerns Over Google's Apparent 'Only Be On Chrome' Push

Slashdot - 5 hours 17 min ago
Eric Petitt, head up Firefox marketing, writing in a blog: I use Chrome every day. Works fine. Easy to use. There are multiple things that bug me about the Chrome product, for sure, but I'm OK with Chrome. I just don't like only being on Chrome. And that's what Chrome wants. It wants you to only use Chrome. Chrome is not evil, it's just too big for its britches. Its influence on the internet economy and individuals is out of balance. Chrome, with 4 times the market share of its nearest competitor (Firefox), is an eight-lane highway to the largest advertising company in the world. Google built it to maximize revenue from your searches and deliver display ads on millions of websites. To monetize every... single... click. And today, there exists no meaningful safety valve on its market dominance. Beyond Google, the web looks more and more like a feudal system, where the geography of the web has been partitioned off by the Frightful Five. Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Apple and Amazon are our lord and protectors, exacting a royal sum for our online behaviors. We're the serfs and tenants, providing homage inside their walled fortresses. Noble upstarts are erased or subsumed under their existing order. (Footnote: Petitt has made it clear that the aforementioned views are his own, and not those of Mozilla.)

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Categories: Misc

Is GOP assailant Greg Gianforte still a 'wonderful guy'? Trump and Pence spinelessly won't say

Daily Kos - 5 hours 37 min ago

Here’s how Donald Trump endorsed the GOP candidate for Montana’s at-large seat in a robocall released on Wednesday:

“You have to get to the polls tomorrow to vote for my friend, Republican Greg Gianforte, for Congress. He's a wonderful guy…”

Mike Pence also recorded a robocall and then some—campaigning with Gianforte in Montana.

“We need more allies in Congress to make America great again,” Pence said, “and we need Greg Gianforte.”

So now that Gianforte wrapped his hands around a reporter’s neck in a fit of rage for asking him a question and wound up with an assault charge, what are Trump and Pence saying? Nada.

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Good god. Grow a pair, will ya? The guy assaulted someone without provocation other than feeling a bit testy, just because, ya know. So yeah, hit the guy. I mean, Trump’s probably jealous Gianforte beat him to such a deplorable act; but Pence, Mr. Family Values guy—really, have some self-respect, buddy. 

If this overt display of spinelessness ticks you off, remember that you can register to vote in Montana right up until the last moment. 

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People whose names were used in fake anti-net neutrality astroturf demand FCC delete comments

Daily Kos - 5 hours 54 min ago

News that the Federal Communications Commission would not disregard hundreds of thousands of identical anti-net neutrality comments made by bots is not sitting well with some of the people whose names were stolen and attached to those comments. They are in fact open internet supporters, and are demanding that those comments be tossed.

In a letter to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai signed by 14 people, the group offers support for the principle of net neutrality, after the fake comments under their names called for the end of those rules.

They also called for the comments to be removed.

“We are disturbed by reports that indicate you have no plans to remove these fraudulent comments from the public docket,” the group wrote in a letter posted on Fight for the Future's web site.

“Whoever is behind this stole our names and addresses, publicly exposed our private information without our permission, and used our identities to file a political statement we did not sign onto.”

Here's what they're demanding in that letter:

  • Notify all who have been impacted by this attack
  • Remove all of the fraudulent comments, including the ones made in our names, from the public docket immediately
  • Publicly disclose any information the FCC may have about the group or person behind the 450,000+ fake comments
  • Call for an investigation by the appropriate authorities into possible violations of 18 U.S.C. § 1001 (“making false statements”) and other relevant laws.

At the least—the very, very least—they should do the first two of those demands. In this of all issues—the open internet—they should be operating with complete transparency, not to mention technological competence. That seems to be asking too much of Trump's FCC under Ajit Pai.

We'll keep fighting. Sign the petition to send the FCC and our elected officials in D.C. a clear message that we won’t stand by and let them kill net neutrality.

Categories: Politics

DeVos Says School Choice Means No Gay Families Allowed

Crooks and Liars - 5 hours 57 min ago
DeVos Says School Choice Means No Gay Families Allowed

Betsy DeVos testified today before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Education in regards to Trump's disastrous 2018 Budget. And just like her confirmation hearing, DeVos refused to answer any questions that would expose her true agenda of funding bigoted religious schools with taxpayer dollars.

Bloomington, IN is home to Lighthouse Christian Academy, a Christian school that receives over $665,000 in state taxpayer funded vouchers. Yet in their handout, they flatly state that:

The Bible prohibits specific behaviors and limits marriage to a covenant relationship between a man and a woman (Genesis 2:21-25; Ephesians 5:22-33). LCA will instruct students in these teachings. Behaviors prohibited in the Bible include, but are not limited to:

 Heterosexual activity outside of one man-one-woman marriage. For example, premarital sex, cohabitation, or adultery (John 8:1-11; I Corinthians 6:9-20; Hebrews 13:4);
 Homosexual or bisexual activity or any form of sexual immorality (Romans 1:21-27; I
Corinthians 6:9-20);
 Practicing alternate gender identity or any other identity or behavior that violates God’s
ordained distinctions between the two sexes, male and female (Genesis 1:26-27;
Deuteronomy 22:5);

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Categories: Politics

Apple's Jonathan Ive Says Immigration Vital For UK Firms

Slashdot - 5 hours 57 min ago
The UK must keep its doors open to top talent from around the world if its technology firms are to thrive, Apple's chief designer has told the BBC. An anonymous reader shares the article: Sir Jonathan Ive, who has just been appointed Chancellor of the Royal College of Art, also said that technology hubs like Silicon Valley had a "tremendous cultural diversity". Some technology firms fear they may lose access to talent after Brexit. "That general principle [on access] is terribly important for creating a context for multiple companies to grow and in a healthy way explore and develop new products and new product types," Sir Jonathan told BBC Radio 4's Today programme. Sir Jonathan said the UK had a "fabulous tradition of design education", but that it needed to do more to become a technology hub on a par with Silicon Valley in California, where the likes of Apple, Facebook and Google are based. "I think Silicon Valley has infrastructures to support start-up companies... ranging from technological support through to funding," he said. "And there is the sense that failure isn't irreversible, so very often people will work on an idea, and there isn't the same sense of stigma when one idea and perhaps one company doesn't work out."

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Categories: Misc

ICE agents ate breakfast before arresting immigrant employees, restaurant owner says

Daily Kos - 6 hours 14 min ago

ICE agents in Ann Arbor, Michigan, enjoyed a breakfast of waffles with bacon and egg whites made by immigrant employees before rounding up at least three of them in a raid, the business owner said. ICE agents stationed themselves at the restaurant’s entrance and exit while two others ordered food and asked about one particular employee, who turned out to be not present at the time. But instead of leaving, agents carried out what appeared to be “collateral arrests,” a crass term ICE uses to describe when “bystanders are … taken in if they are suspected to be undocumented, even if they have committed no crime”. From Huffington Post:

Line cook Carlos Rivera-Ochoa took out the trash in the back when officers slapped handcuffs on him, according to Lelcaj. Rivera-Ochoa told MLive he carries his permanent residency card with him, and he was released shortly after being taken into a vehicle and fingerprinted.

But when three other cooks in the kitchen saw officers confront Rivera-Ochoa, they “panicked,” Lelcaj said, and ran out the front door and were then arrested.

Rachael Yong Yow, ICE public affairs officer, said the agents were “conducting a targeted enforcement action” and arrested the three men on immigration violations. Two men who were detained had unlawfully entered the country, Yong Yow said, and the third had entered lawfully “but did not depart in accordance with the terms of his status.”

However, the restaurant owner claims her business “goes through a vetting process to make sure potential employees have the right documentation to work in the United States” and that “those taken into custody do have the proper documents to work in the country,” but “they did not have the papers on hand when the agents were at Sava’s.” 

There’s still conflicting reports about the status of the men who were arrested and hauled off to detention, though Newsweek reports “the people taken into custody were released on Wednesday evening, after the restaurant owner’s company, Savco Hospitality, sent the workers’ documents to ICE.” What isn’t up in the air, though, is the fact that the worker with a green card, a Latino man, was detained and fingerprinted. Guess ICE agents just thought he looked the part of a “bad hombre”?

"They just slapped some handcuffs on him," Nicki Sanchez, Rivera-Ochoa’s wife, said about his detainment. "Not only is that offensive, he was embarrassed in front of the whole restaurant. Why didn't they ask him before they detained him?" The truth is he shouldn’t have been asked “papers please” in the first place—after all, were any of the white employees asked for their papers as well?—but that’s the kind of world an unshackled and emboldened ICE wants.

Categories: Politics

McConnell: CBO Trumpcare score just a 'procedural step' for Senate to start work on the big tax cuts

Daily Kos - 6 hours 26 min ago

House Speaker Paul Ryan can now send Zombie Trumpcare over to the Senate, three weeks after it was passed without a Congressional Budget Office score. Now that the score is in, it meets the requirements for budget reconciliation for the Senate to take it. But after that awful CBO score, some in the Senate don't want anything to do with it.

Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.), one of the few Senate Republicans expected to face a tough reelection contest next year, said the House bill “does not do enough to address Nevada’s Medicaid population or protect Nevadans with pre-existing conditions.”

Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) also criticized the House bill for failing to adequately protect Americans with pre-existing medical conditions.

“Congress’s focus must be to lower premiums with coverage which passes the Jimmy Kimmel Test,” Cassidy said in statement, referencing the late-night talk-show host who garnered national attention last month with his tearful monologue about his newborn’s heart surgery. “The AHCA does not. I am working with Senate colleagues to do so.”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell didn't offer an opinion, emerging from his shell to say that the CBO report was just a simple "procedural step" that would pave the way for the Senate to do its work. Which will actually be done by staff while the senators are off having their Memorial Day recess. And which will still likely gut Medicaid in order to give those big fat tax breaks to their buddies.

How much the secret Senate death panel meetings have accomplished isn't clear and it's kind of a surprise that they're getting down to the drafting already, since just Wednesday McConnell said that the path to 50 yes votes was unclear. Maybe he's decided to take the Ryan approach, and jam this through as quickly as he can, thinking he can twist 49 arms hard enough.

But that's a big chance, considering all the senators are going to be facing their constituents next week, with the brand-new CBO score fresh on their minds.

Categories: Politics

Lunchtime Photo

Kevin Drum - 6 hours 27 min ago

Here's a morning glory with a busy little bee inside. Actually, two bees, I guess. Isn't it nice to see everyone doing the job nature has assigned them?

UPDATE: Not a bee! I thought it looked a little small. Apparently it's a hoverfly, or some related critter, mimicking a bee.

Categories: Politics

Kids Today (Open Thread)

Balloon Juice - 6 hours 33 min ago

A blue jay couple that lives in our yard hatched the whiniest chick in the history of the universe this year. The nestlings fledged 24 days ago. I know this because of a photo date stamp: One chick crash-landed in the yard and subsequently failed to achieve air, and my husband rescued it and placed it back in a tree before our dogs could make a snack of it.

Jays aren’t known for their dulcet tones, but this bratty little shit is particularly shrill. It stands around under the bird feeder, flaps its wings, screeching all the while, while the parents frantically shuttle food into its open maw. You can tell the parents are goddamned exhausted by the little bastard. Here’s a shot through the window, with the fledgling throwing an ear-splitting tantrum on the ground while a parent looks on from the top of the gate:

[Dialog supplied by me.]

Sometimes I want to tell those parents that it’s time to cut the damned cord already. Their offspring is perfectly capable of flying now, shaky start notwithstanding. There are bird feeders all over the place. Let it paddle its own canoe! But I try to refrain from intervening in the personal business of other families, so I just complain about it here.

Open thread!

Categories: Politics

It's Time For Academics To Take Back Control Of Research Journals

Slashdot - 6 hours 37 min ago
Stephen Curry, a professor of structural biology at Imperial College London, has a piece on The Guardian today in which he outlines the history of the relationship between commercial interests, academic prestige and the circulation of research. An excerpt from the article: "Publish or perish" has long been the mantra of seeking to make a success of their research career. Reputations are built on the ability to communicate something new to the world. Increasingly, however, they are determined by numbers, not by words, as universities are caught in a tangle of management targets composed of academic journal impact factors, university rankings and scores in the government's research excellence framework. The chase for metricised success has been further exacerbated by the takeover of scholarly publishing by profit-seeking commercial companies, which pose as partners but no longer seem properly in tune with academia. Evidence of the growing divergence between academic and commercial interests is visible in the secrecy around negotiations on subscription and open access charges. It's also clear from the popularity among academics of the controversial site Sci-Hub, which has made over 60m research articles freely available on the internet. Over-worked researchers could be forgiven for thinking that the time-honoured mantra has morphed to "publish, and perish anyway."

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Categories: Misc

Apple’s free app of the week: klocki

iDownloadBlog - 6 hours 40 min ago

Apple on Thursday updated its App of the Week promotion with the game klocki. For the next 7 days, you can pick up the popular puzzler for free on both iPhone and iPad—saving you a buck.

From the App Store Editors’ Notes:

This absorbing puzzler is so minimalist there’s no start screen, no logos, no instructions—it just begins. We quickly got list in the challenge of rearranging titles, Rubik’s cube-style, so a single line runs through each pattern. Our advice: sort out the corners and other unique tiles first, then the rest will snap quickly into place.

And here’s a clip of the game in action:

Klocki is available in the App Store for free.

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Midday open thread: Gov. Brown says Trump a 'realist' on climate; Pence's approval ratings plunge

Daily Kos - 6 hours 46 min ago

Today’s comic by Ruben Bolling is Roger Ailes dies, and a celestial grip loosens...

Cartoon by Ruben Bolling - Roger Ailes dies, and a celestial grip loosens...

• Join Daily Kos Elections tonight for a live-blog of the Montana special election results. Tonight at 10 PM ET (8 PM local time), polls will close in Montana, where voters will fill a vacancy for the state's lone congressional district created when GOP Rep. Ryan Zinke left to become Donald Trump's interior secretary. The candidates are wealthy Republican businessman Greg Gianforte, who was just charged on Wednesday night with assaulting a reporter, and Democratic folk singer Rob Quist, who managed not to commit any crimes the day before Election Day. Our crack Daily Kos Elections team will be live-blogging the results, so come join us then!

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Don’t try this at school, kids Rhode Island police have charged a 15-year-old high school girl they say gave homemade tattoos to two friends on school grounds.

The more things change:

On Aug. 2, 1974, a week before President Richard Nixon resigned, syndicated columnist Jack Anderson took a skeptical look at the president’s generosity. He found that the Richard Nixon Foundation had made “only one charitable grant in its four-year existence: $7,500 to buy a painting of Richard Nixon.”

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Say what, Gov. Brown? The California governor now says that on climate change the Trump regime “not as disastrous as we thought a few months ago”:

“President Trump is a realist – and there’s nothing more real than the atmosphere and the chemistry that determines our weather and our long-term climate,” Brown told reporters at a climate change conference hosted by the Netherlands in San Francisco on Wednesday. “I don’t know that he’s going to come aboard immediately – but I do know that with our efforts in California, joining with other states and other provinces in the world, that we will be successful in pushing this agenda.

Worldwide, there are nearly 10 million jobs in renewable energy: Those include 3.09 million in solar, and 1.2 million in wind. That’s double the numbers of five years ago. More than half the total jobs are in hydropower, geothermal, liquid biofuels, biomass, and biogas.

Millions paid so far to Madoff fund administrator, zero to victims: 

A firm hired by the U.S. to distribute $4 billion to victims of Bernard Madoff’s Ponzi scheme has racked up $38.8 million in billings over four years. The investors are still waiting for their first checks, though.

Ohio legislators ponder bill to give to aged coal plants permanent subsidy: A bill has been introduced to give two six-decade-old coal-fired power plants perpetual subsidies. The plants, owned by Ohio Valley Electric Corp., a utility consortium, can generate 2.4 gigawatts of electricity. Customers of American Electric Power, which owns the largest share of the plants, already pay a monthly $2 surcharge to support the OVEC plants.

Mike Pence’s approval rating plunges as his involvement in Trump’s scandals come to light: The new poll from Fox News shows that Pence’s popularity has fallen from 50 percent in April to 42 percent now. His disapproval number has risen from 33 percent to 43 percent.

Yale Psychiatrist says fellow doctors have an obligation to discuss Donald Trump’s mental health  because “our survival as a species may be at stake”: Her name is Dr. Bandy Lee and  she specializes in public health and violence prevention. She recently led a conference of mental health professionals discussing how they should respond to the situation. 

EPI: No evidence that automation leads to joblessness of inequality:

The media are full of stories about robots and automation destroying the jobs of the past and leaving us jobless in the future; call it the coming Robot Apocalypse. We are also told that automation and technology are responsible for the poor wage growth and inequality bedeviling the American working class in recent decades, and that looming automation will only accelerate and ratchet up these problems. [...]

What is remarkable about this media narrative is that there is a strong desire to believe it despite so little evidence to support these claims. 

On today’s Kagro in the Morning show, Greg Dworkin bodyslams the news roundup. Trumpcare’s so bad, it brings Republicans to (fake) tears. Who’s planning (and forgiving) Kushner’s Shabbat jaunts? Was Comey duped by the Russians? GunFAIL’s legacy: inconsistency in how accidents are treated.

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4th Circuit Stomps On Muslim Ban: 'Drips With Religious Intolerance, Animus And Discrimination'

Crooks and Liars - 7 hours 10 sec ago
 'Drips With Religious Intolerance, Animus And Discrimination'

Trump's Muslim ban has suffered a few setbacks, but possibly none so severe as the one delivered today by the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals, which upheld a lower court ruling to block key parts of the ban from being enacted.

In their ruling, the Court was clear: This ban is based on animus and hatred toward Muslims, despite being wrapped in the cellophane of national security concerns.

The question for this Court, distilled to its essential form, is whether the Constitution, as the Supreme Court declared in Ex parte Milligan...remains “a law for rulers and people, equally in war and in peace.” And if so, whether it protects Plaintiffs’ right to challenge an Executive Order that in text speaks with vague words of national security, but in context drips with religious intolerance, animus, and discrimination. Surely the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment yet stands as an untiring sentinel for the protection of one of our most cherished founding principles—that government shall not establish any religious orthodoxy, or favor or disfavor one religion over another. Congress granted the President broad power to deny entry to aliens, but that power is not absolute. It cannot go unchecked when, as here, the President wields it through an executive edict that stands to cause irreparable harm to individuals across this nation.

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Apple to live stream WWDC 2017 keynote

iDownloadBlog - 7 hours 2 min ago

Apple is going to once again be providing a live stream of its WWDC keynote address this year. On Thursday the company updated its website with a new page noting that a stream of the keynote will go live on June 5th at 10am PDT.

You will be able to tune in on your Mac and iOS devices, using the Safari browser, and of course on Apple TV. Second and third gen models of the set-top box will feature an Events channel, and fourth-gen models will get a standalone app.

Apple is expected to use the keynote to introduce the next major versions of its four platforms: iOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS. There’s also been rumors speculating that the company will debut new Mac and iPad hardware during the event.

Even if you plan on watching the keynote, be sure to join us here at iDB that Monday. As usual we’ll be covering the event live, as well as all subsequent announcements and releases, so you’ll be able to keep up with the news throughout the day.

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Categories: Misc

Appeals Court Upholds Ban on Travel Ban

Kevin Drum - 7 hours 15 min ago

An appeals court has upheld the injunction on President Trump's travel ban:

Trump's order "speaks with vague words of national security, but in context drips with religious intolerance, animus and discrimination," Chief Judge Roger L. Gregory of the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals wrote in his ruling.

The 10-3 ruling relied heavily, as other courts have done, on Trump's statements during his campaign in which he called for a ban on Muslims immigrating to the United States. The plaintiffs who have challenged the travel order have argued that it is a disguised version of the Muslim ban that he called for during the campaign.

Please note that this comes from the centrist 4th circuit, not the radical lefty zealots of the 9th circuit. The vote was 10-3. And the opinion was written by a guy who was appointed by Bill Clinton and re-appointed by George W. Bush.

Categories: Politics

Black women pen open letter to DNC Chair Tom Perez about their future in the Democratic Party

Daily Kos - 7 hours 15 min ago

Since the election of Donald Trump, Democrats are working hard to figure out next steps and the future of the party. There is much disagreement on what that looks like. Whether it’s doing more to get back white working class votes, galvanize the core base of the party, some combination of the two or none of the above, the path forward remains contentious and unclear. One thing that is clear, however, is that black women have long been consistent and loyal to the Democratic Party without getting much in return. And in an open letter written to DNC Chair Tom Perez on Wednesday, they are calling for a meeting to discuss the future of black women in the party. 

We have voted and organized our communities with little support or investment from the Democratic Party for voter mobilization efforts. We have shown how Black women lead, yet the Party's leadership from Washington to the state parties have few or no Black women in leadership. More and more, Black women are running for office and winning elections — with scant support from Democratic Party infrastructure. [...]

The Democratic Party has a real problem. The data reveals that Black women voters are the very foundation to a winning coalition, yet most Black voters feel like the Democrats take them for granted. The Party's foundation has a growing crack and if it is not addressed quickly, the Party will fall even further behind and ultimately fail in its quest to strengthen its political prospects.

There seems to be an operating assumption that black women will be the foot soldiers in the Democratic Party. And we often are. Since 2008, black women have been the most active voting demographic in the country. Despite, the incredible voter suppression we face in many parts of the country. And yet, we persist. 

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